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FBI Special Agent John Jay Doggett is a fictional character in the Fox science fiction-supernatural television series The X-Files. With his FBI partners Dana Scully (season 8) and Monica Reyes (season 9), After his son's death, Doggett's marriage to Barbara Doggett (played by Patrick's real-life wife Barbara) ended in. This episode officially starts the Doggett and Reyes era, but it's so boring . This is a lame time-travel episode that doesn't stand up to the test of logic on a .. Mulder and Scully's relationship, using the monster as a metaphor. They have that kind of love that can stand every test and challenge placed on it. Doggett and Reyes met in NYC on a kidnapping and murder case that involed .
They are called back hours later to an extremely agitated Kobold, who claims he can lead them to a body based on the dark voices he is hearing. Kobold telling them where to find the body as Reyes watches. Driving him out into the woods, Kobold tells them how good it feels to be freed from his cage. When the mask is cut off, they find out that it is Paul Gerlach, the missing guard. Reyes believes that Gerlach could have been a willing host for Satan and that Kobold knows everything since he is tapped into that evil as well.
He researched Josef Kobold and learned he was a history professor who ground up six co-eds and used their flesh to fertilize his garden. Reyes wonders why Kobold would still be imprisoned, if he was involved in the crime; he could have escaped with Gerlach and Richmond.
Reyes goes to Kobold for help because she believes he can solve the case. Josef Kobold dissects John Doggett's life while darkly smiling. Kobold convinces them to give him a much larger room in exchange for his help. Reyes tells Doggett that even if the man is faking it, they can use him to get information. Then Kobold goes into a seizure and Doggett calls for Reyes. When Reyes gets to Kobold he says something that suggests Dr.
Sampson is in danger. The murderer drives away moments before the police and the FBI arrive on the scene.
They find Sampson with dozens of syringes injected into her face. Scully informs Doggett that the syringes were filled with the same anti-psychotic that Dr. While Scully suggests something strange may be happening, Doggett insists it is like Scully told her class: He thinks that Kobold has Reyes thinking just the way he wants her to think and now Scully is starting to think that way also.
Doggett attempts to provoke Kobold into revealing that he orchestrated the murders by showing him a paper he wrote years earlier about how the idea of Satan influenced Renaissance thinking. Doggett grabs Kobold and is promptly thrown up on as the man collapses in a pool of vomit. The rest of the episode is a quirky twist on a bank-robbery scheme that thrives on Mulder and Scully's top-notch banter.
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Anderson clearly knows her character so well, and the episode feels small and intimate as a result. When Scully finally reaches closure from the affair, it goes a long way in showing how much she had grown over seven seasons.
Thrusting Scully into the role of the believer and Doggett as the skeptic is a breath of fresh air, but the case itself is by-the-numbers. However, this episode is all about establishing Scully and Doggett's chemistry, which is a lot stronger than fans might remember.
Back then, they still held out hope that Mulder would return and rescue their favorite show. Any episode with the Lone Gunmen is fun enough, but seeing Doggett running to save Mulder really makes you glad that this big, crazy FBI family is back together. But the story, boiled down into two episodes, never really amounts to anything but an idea. Episodes like this are beautiful treasures. Obsessed with the X-Files but completely unequipped to be in the field, Harrison gets herself and Doggett held prisoner by a horrible CGI reptile monster.
Mulder even completely comes around on Doggett in this episode, not only saving him, but welcoming him into the fold. It's sort of the death knell of the idea that the mythology episodes would ever reach any sort of satisfying conclusion.
There would be glimmers of life in subsequent episodes, sure, but you basically just have to be along for the ride.
The whole zombie thing comes off as mostly uninspired, but this episode shines because it features the first actual kiss between Mulder and Scully. The fact that anyone would believe Spender to be Mulder, even with a DNA test, is, frankly, nonsensical. But the conclusion that Scully has to give William up for adoption in order to keep him from being pursued by men who want to hurt him is appropriately heartbreaking.
The series is "rebooted," in a sense that the new mythology arc is hunting for the missing Mulder. The new man in charge, Kersh, is kind of an over-the-top asshole, but it works to put some fire in the investigation. By episode's end, Doggett is assigned to the X-Files, while Mulder is naked looking fine, I might add on an alien ship full of Bounty Hunters.
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While the Samantha search would ultimately have an unsatisfying payoff, the setup is solid. There's also an appearance by a young Shia LaBeouf! The most important part of the episode, obviously, is that big kiss between Mulder and Scully.
A final scene eight seasons in making, how satisfying. However, this is a pretty great mythology episode. This was the first sign that Gillian Anderson was destined for some truly amazing work on this show. The bonkers musical sequence at the end is the icing on the cake. As such, this episode is a fantastic showcase for Duchovny. This is a fun, twisted episode that doubles as a dark exploration of who Mulder is as character.
Blowing up the oil rig and stopping the offshore drilling of the alien substance is done in a spectacular fashion, with both FBI agents leaping to safety in a fiery climax.
This is one of the first indications that the conspiracy is far-reaching, with every part of the government involved. Despite that, it's a great episode of television. But when it focuses on what the season should be about — the new agents — it can actually be fantastic. This time, he wakes up in Mexico without his memory while his partners try to find out where he is.
It breaks Mulder, as his strong connection to kidnapping cases drives his very being. But more than that, it's also an incredibly thrilling episode, starring Cranston as man who'll die if he doesn't keep moving at a certain speed.
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This episode was originally set to be directed by Quentin Tarantino, but a DGA dispute kept him from being able to. But it's also a hella creepy episode about a cult that worships a big-ass slug and inserts it into the bodies of hitchhikers.
A stranded Scully trying to escape the cult while Doggett hunts for her cements these two as partners you want to keep watching, which contributes to my theory that season eight is a lot better than people want to give it credit for. Plus, the body horror in this episode is some of the series' best and grossest work. And to be honest, Jesse L.
The series only promises to get better from here, and it definitely does.
Gillian Anderson is fantastic as a woman determined to protect her child, find her partner, and also save another pregnant woman who might be killed by shadowy doctors. The bond between Scully and Doggett is finally solidified when he learns the truth about her pregnancy and does everything he can to save her in an intense final-act showdown.
Eugene Tooms is a creepy, horrifying villain, and his nesting — along with his elongating himself through an air vent — still haunts nightmares more than two decades later. In the season 11 finale, " My Struggle IV ", she reveals to Mulder that she is pregnant with his child. Characterization[ edit ] "If there was a profiler like himself profiling him he would have to work from the fact that he has some oral fixation because he is constantly popping sunflower seeds.
He doesn't have a bedroom, you've never seen him in his bed, you've seen him sleeping only in the couch. This only proves true as Mulder makes a habit of letting his personal feelings cloud his judgment; his emotional attachment to UFO cases becomes more severe throughout the series, because of Dana Scully 's eventual abduction and resultant cancer as well as his sister's abduction. In the episode " Drive ", Mulder facetiously apologizes on behalf of the "international Jewish conspiracy" in response to the abusive and anti-Semitic tirades of a suspect, to which Mulder appears to take offense; the suspect also guesses Mulder's ethnicity is Jewish based on his last name.
David Duchovny suggested Mulder is Jewish when interviewed during production of the second season. Mulder is almost never seen sleeping in a bed. The bedroom in his apartment which appeared as late as the sixth season of the show's run is apparently used for storage and is filled floor to ceiling with junk, including a couple of boxes of pornographic magazines. Mulder can seem to go through manic periods when worried or working on a case, contributing to or exacerbating his insomniac tendencies.
I Want to Believe. Initially, he had no idea his father was involved in the conspiracy and Samantha 's disappearance. Bill, who became disenchanted with the shadow government and his own role in the conspiracy, eventually approached Fox about his past deeds, but was shot and killed by Alex Krycek — working as an assassin for the Syndicate — before he could reveal any great amount of information.
Teena dies of an apparent suicide, when the stress of Samantha's abduction finally becomes too painful. He is led to consider the possibility that his mother had had an affair with the Smoking Mana connection which may have resulted in the birth of either Samantha or Mulder himself.
In the ninth season" William " explains that Spender and Mulder have very similar DNAproviding strong evidence that they do have the same father. When he started his work on The X-Files, aroundhe was close with his current partner; Diana Fowley season 5, episode 20, The End.
None of those remained longterm and stable. But against their intentions, her loyalties quickly became affixed to Mulder's quest and Mulder himself, a connection which seemed to pull Mulder's work out of obscurity, as Scully's scientific bent afforded them a certain amount of credibility.
While the relationship was platonic for the greater part of the series, there are clues that it developed into a romantic one by the last few seasons.
In the season 11 finale Scully revealed to be pregnant with his unborn child. Mulder's greatest nemesis was The Smoking Manwho, despite his obvious ill-intent, seemed to hold Mulder in special regard.
Though he mocked Mulder to his face for his foolishness and the futility of his quest, in " Two Fathers ", he told his son Jeffrey Spender"You pale to Fox Mulder. Duchovny left the show following the seventh-season finale "Requiem", wherein he was abducted by aliens.